July 1, 2019 at 6:51 p.m.
First things first *hello Friends* I am starting this check in a tad bit late. I am already 280 pages into this book, so I have less than 100 pages to go. Please excuse indecisive me, I was certain I was just going to type an entire review for this book but as I was listening to the audiobook while cooking, decided I’d prefer to do my check in and thought sharing.
Unexpected by Kelly Rimmer is feeling like a solid 3 star book for me at this point. It follows Abby Herbert and Marcus Ross who are best friends and roommates. Abby learns from her doctor that if she wants to get pregnant, she needs to get working on it asap, like yesterday! Long story short, Marcus steps up to the plate and the two start working on getting Abby pregnant.
I want friends to lovers to be in my top 3 of favorite romance tropes, but books like these have me reconsidering. Both Abby and Marcus have started to realize that maybe there is a little something more than just them trying to create a baby together and as much as Marcus tries to persuade Abby to just chill and allow herself to see how things could be, she is being annoying and refusing to, because..reasons. I get it. When the love interest has also been your best friend, you are privy to how relationships of theirs have been in the past. Then you add in that mutual friends are all in Abby’s ear basically trying to get her to understand that Everyone But Her has noticed that he is crazy in love with her, yet she is still being a little too annoying about it for my taste. I get with the whole friends to lovers trope that typically one friend is afraid of things changing from how they have always been, and what if we break up..will it ruin our friendship? It just tends to be annoying when the character who refuses isn’t presenting any logical reasons as to why not! I feel like Abby is making excuses at this point and I don’t get it. It doesn’t feel believable. Not when Marcus who is kind of presented as this man whore steps up to the plate to help her get pregnant. Like he was kind of hurt that he wasn’t her first option in the beginning. Eh. Let me finish these last 100’ish pages and I’ll check back in. I could go on and on at this point and still have a few chapters to go.
July 2, 2019 at 6:09 p.m.
I finished Unexpected this morning.
I ended up maintaining the 3 star rating I was feeling during my first check in. I was fine with the way the author wrapped up the story. I was grateful for the happily ever after and the unexpected twist to the happily ever after but this book honestly felt like it could’ve been shorter. I say it could’ve been shorter because all of the dramatics put on by Ms. Abby felt unnecessary. I felt like a big chunk of the book was her being so worried about ruining the friendship between her and Marcus when clearly he is in things for the long run..it just wasn’t believable to me.
I found myself preferring Marcus’s chapters although I will admit, I couldn’t stand the male narrator for this book. Despite that, I still preferred Marcus’s point of view. Marcus and his brother have their own stuff going on, with their biological father whose never been in the picture, reappearing. We see the brothers struggle with the indecision behind responding to him or not. I thought that story line added something different to the story and I liked how even though Marcus didn’t grow up with a father, he didn’t hesitate with the decision to step up to the plate and father Abby’s baby.
Overall, solid 3 star book for me. There were things that could’ve done better and I think I would’ve liked it a bit more.
Have you read Unexpected? Share your thoughts with me.
Until next time, take care of yourselves.
Married Mom of 3. Military girl. Reader. Falling in love with romance novels.